new york city. the news continues next live from london. >> announcer: this is al jazeera. hello, i'm lauren taylor, this is the news hour live from london. coming up, hundreds dead, many more injured in a stampede at the hajj in saudi arabia. twin explosions at a mosque in the yemeni capitol kill at least 25 people. isil claim responsibility. pope francis makes an historic speech to us u.s. lawmakers, the first time the head of the roman catholic church has address a joint
members of congress. >> and in sport, rugby world champions new zealand are set to play their second match of this year's tournament. we'll find out how serious they are taking their opponent, team that has never won a world game. ♪ islamic pilgrimage, the hodge, has suffered its worst loss in decades. more than 700 people were killed in a stampede. at least 863 people very also been injured. it's the site where pilgrims throw stones against trees in a
symbolic stoning of the devil. >> reporter: a sudden surge lead to a dead stampede. hundreds died many more were injured. >> translator: we were coming back from, and i met my husband. the pilgrims began pushing each other, and i was about to die. >> reporter: they were making their way to take in the stoning of the devil ritual. >> translator: the accident was the result of a stampede. the number of victims is extremely high. hundreds have been killed, and the number is expected to rise. however, what is important now is to save the wounded. [ sirens blaring ] >> reporter: there have been hundreds of deaths from stampedes in previous years but
this is one o the deadliest. in 2006 the saudyes built a study story complex to better handle the number of people. even without the latest catastrophe a logistical nightmare for the saudis. this tragedy has completely overshadowed the hajj this year. but at the same time it highlights the lack of safety awareness among the pilgrims themselves. some of them sleeping and eating in the open on crowded roads. this season started with another tragedy just days before the beginning of hajj. a construction crane fell on the mosque, killing 107 people two weeks ago. this latest disaster reinforcing
the fact that hajj will always cause a serious challenge for the custodians of the holy sights. al jazeera's correspondent is in mecca and joins us over the phone. osama, the king has been addressing security forces there. what did he have to say? >> reporter: this was the annual meeting of the security forces right after the hajj. and he has asked for increase of security, better services and also acknowledged their services so far. a lot of people i have spoken to are criticizing the security forces for erecting the barricades and not managing the crowds properly. that lead to the stampede. >> it is possible to establish how this started? >> reporter: well, i was at the holy mosque about half an hour ago and i met a few police
officers there, and i asked them what do they know? and they showed me a video that was shot from an elevated area, and it appears that there were a number of people who kept arriving on the site and the people who were supposed to move forward weren't moving at the same speed, so that resulted in a mass that was created there, and people were suffocated, and in that particular video, and i'll try to see if i can send you the link, you can see people trying to push their way through the temporary fences. they managed to open it a little bit, and a few people came out, but then when people saw there was an entrance, people tried to move forward, and that lead to the injuries. >> and has the policing of the crowds changed at all since this happened? >> reporter: according to the
state officials, almost 4,000 civil defense officials and 220 ambulances have been sent there. it's not clear if that number has been increased since the incident, but this is the number they have given us so far. what you can see is they are better managing the crowds now. they have closed all of the roads that lead to close to where this incident happened. they are allowing in smaller groups of people to go in and perform their rich wall peacefully. i was there this morning and people could go there literally with everything on their backs, and in that crowd -- in such a crowd where 2 million people have come from elsewhere, and there's a few hundred thousand who traveled from inside saudi arabia on that day, there was no security to allow these people to leave items that may cause
injury. >> owes saw ma thank you very much indeed for that live update from mecca. >> a senior lecturer in the study of islam joins me now. was this inevitable with these kind of numbers? we seem to have these incidents every couple of years in saudi arabia with the hajj. why does it keep happening? >> i think because the number of pilgrims have mushroomed from hundreds of thousands to more than 2 million people. and there is a cynical assumption in regards to crowd control, that when you have these numbers of people, something is bound to happen, and if something goes wrong, immediately the casualties will be quite substantial. and it is very difficult for people who have to manage these
logistical situations. >> is there any kind of question that they are going to have to limit the numbers in the future? >> that is being done actually already. for the last few decades saudi arabia has introduced a quota system, on foreign visitors and there are also restrictions on saudis. but with growing prosperity and better communications, more and more muslims have this desire of making the hajj. so there is a bit of a catch-22 situation. >> iran has lost a lot of people in this incident, and the iranian leader said improper action has caused this catastrophe. clearly iran has an agenda with the whole issue of mecca, but explain what the context is there for that, and why it is so
critical. >> it is sad when these kind of human tragedies arise that they are used for political purposes, but with the tensions between iran and saudi arabia over other developments in the middle east, the touchiness has increased, and iran has criticized saudi arabia for not doing enough, while the saudis have retaliated by criticizing these pilgrims. >> but [ inaudible ] said it was a security issue because people had a load of stuff with them that perhaps is a security rush, if there is a push, people get caught up in all of this stuff they are carrying. >> that could be investigated. the saudis also have a cctv system, and that will be help to study these kind of things. and a lot of these people come
from poor backgrounds, don't speak arabic or other foreign language, so communication problems are probably also arising. >> one interviewer i read about was apparently there was a bit of delay before the civil defenses could get to people and get them out, do you think the response was adequate? >> the place where this incident occurred is notorious for incident happening and crowds piling up. it's the ritual stoning of the devil. it's the last ritual, a lot of pilgrims are tired are also worked up, so there's a lot of tension in the crowds, and it has always been here that these incidents have occurred, and it's probably very difficult to have sufficient civil defense people at the right places when a crowd like that surges into a very confined space.
>> okay. take you very much indeed for the context there. thank you. ♪ suicide bombing in the yemeni capitol sana'a has killed 25 people. the yemeni affiliate of the islamic state of iraq and the levant has claimed responsibility on the attack which was at a mosque. victoria gatenby reports. >> reporter: the attack was timed apparently to cause maximum devastation. the mosque was packed with people. investigators are still trying to work out what happened, but here is what we know so far. the first explosion was quickly followed by a second. [ explosion ] >> some witnesses say they were caused by a single suicide bomber, who detonated one device
and as people ran for the exit, then blew himself out. others say there were two attackers. either way there was panic and confusion. >> translator: i saw about nine dead people, but those are only the one i saw with my own eyes, and the ones i helped carry out with my own hands. i'm shocked by this. i have never seen anything like it. >> reporter: the mosque belongs to the sect of shia islam, the power base for houthi fighters who control the capitol. yemen's branch of isil has claimed responsibility for the attack. >> this is a sign that was aimed one to kill as many people as possible, and then two to really pack an emotional punch to see to the people of sana'a, you are not safe. we will strike you and hit you at any time. >> reporter: saudi-lead coalition air strikes have
targets houthi rebels and fights loyal to the former president saleh, but the houthis continue to remain in control of large parts of yemen. the u.n. is urging all sides to negotiate a peace deal. but that may not be easy. at the mosque, houthi fighters have sealed off the area where the explosions happened, but more yemenis are dying. u.s.-lead air strikes have destroyed isil bomb-making facilities. the coalition has launched to air strikes against alleged isil targets since wnz. two facilities were destroyed outside of mosul. the presidents of russia and the united states are to meet for the first time in nearly a year to discuss the situation
both in syria and your next question. they were last face-to-face in beijing in november. they will meet on the sidelines of the united nations general assembly on monday. patty culhane is in washington, d.c. with the latest. what are the two sides saying in the run up to this meeting. >> reporter: it's pretty striking, a very different narrative coming from both counties, basically trying to shape how this is perceived. the white house is saying russia asked for meeting, saying despite the profound differences with moscow, the president believes it would beer responsible to not try to make progress. moscow says the meeting was
mutually agreed to. the white house says the main topic of discussion is ukraine, and honoring the agreements that are in place, they did mention they would talk about syria as well. from the kremlin's perspective say they are there just to talk about syria, and made the statement they will talk about ukraine if there's time left over but i think it's important point out the white house says moments ago there is the potential of something constructive coming out of the talks. >> what about assad's position with regards to syria? >> i think that will be the key thing to look at after this meeting on monday on the sidelines, because if you look at what has been coming out of the administration, and basically out of the western countries, you have seen a dramatic shift. the president has said that president bashar al-assad has to go. we have started to see them now say, assad has to do eventually.
russia and iran, his backers have been saying that assad has to stay. so be russia now move back to where the west is where he can stay for a little while. in that is where you could see the potential to make a huge break through in this almost five year old conflict. >> okay. thank you. coming up on the news hour from london, dissenting voices grow louder in china, as the president visits the u.s. i'm in malaysia, a country that is experiencing its worst-ever outbreak of dengue. and in sport a japanese man shows that age is no barrier to athletic success. ♪
pope francis has delivered an historic address to the u.s. congress. francis received a standing ovation from congress, and confronted a number of contentious issues in a speech that lasted just under an hour. he was strongly critical of the arms trade and called for a global ban on the death thenalty, and pointed out that the majority of the united states is made up of migrants. >> in recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. we, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners because most of us -- [ applause ]
>> -- because most of us were once foreigners. [ applause ] >> i say this to you, as a son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descendants of immigrants. [ cheers and applause ] >> let's go to hashem ahelbarra in washington, d.c. for the latest on nope's visit. tell us more about the subjects the pope covered. >> i think a lot of attention is being paid to those comments on migration, specifically that the pope didn't make any distinction in migration. often we hear in the media a narrative of the worthy and
unworthy migrants. for him he talked about the world and the u.s. welcoming those who are not just victims of what he called the worst refugee crisis since the second word war, and he reminded congress that many of their ancestors traveled to the u.s. for a better life as well. that was part of the pope's usual attacks on abortion, and a woman's right to choose, and he was quite outspoken on some of tremendous traditional social issues that the vatican tends to talk about. very outspoken on marriage. he said he feared for the family. the family today is threatened like never before a clear reference to his opposition to same-sex marriage. beyond that the familiar themes about racial, economic, social justice.
really interesting bit about the arms trade. he said why are deadly weapons being sold to those who inflict untold suffering. he then answered the question, money. it's the u.s. who is the biggest weapon's trader in the world. and it's under president obama that the weapon's trade has reached record levels. john kerry announced they were going to expedite delivery of weapons to the gulf. >> tell us what kind of reaction there has been to the pope's visit more broadly, as well as his speeches. >> reporter: well, we just had the first reaction from one of the republican presidential candidates, ted cruz who said he respects the pope but doesn't agree with him on the death penalty. that's sort of the response we tend to get from politicians. they say the pope a terribly good chap, talk about how they agree with the positions, and then tend to ignore the issues
where they don't agree with the pope. that's why i think there's some disappointment on the issue of climate change. and there are still so many who just deny the issue of man made climate change. for someone looking for something a bit more forceful here in congress. instead he didn't even use the world climate change. there is some disappointment about that. as far as specific policy reaction to this -- right now the current big debate on capitol hill is on federal funding for female reproductive health care. and you have got to think that the pope's comments against a woman's right to choose will only increase the resolve of those who say the government shouldn't fund female reproductive health care. next stop for the pope is new york city. and the city has braced for traffic chaos with the pope and
many world leaders in town and one of its most famous sons. >> reporter: billy joel singing "state of mine" ♪ >> reporter: opening lyrics. ♪ have a flight to miami beach or hollywood ♪ >> billy, if they could, many new yorker would this week, because the big apple will be turned into gridlock city. over 150 heads of state are in town for the annual week long united nations general assembly, including u.s. president barack obama, and russian president vladimir putin. and of courses at the same time, pope francis will be here in new york city as well. and he has a busy schedule that will take him all over the city. among other things we'll be addressing world leaders at the united nations, visiting st.
patrick's cathedral, central park, and harlem. with so many motorcades and security getting vips from one place to another, more than 100 city blocks on manhattan streets could be closed at one time. the largest ever in the city, bringing the so-called city that never sleeps to the city that never moves. a former traffic commissioner said it's the every day new yorkers who will bare the brunt of it. >> even when all of these world leaders are in town, we have 4 million people that come to our central business district every day. they are expecting to go to work, do their work, and get back home. >> reporter: as for billy joel, his concert has been postponed
because pope francis is in a new york state of mind. >> billy joel is a new yorker, he knows what our traffic is normally like, and what it will be like. i wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't write a song about it. >> reporter: if he's stuck in traffic, which he probably will be, he will have plenty of time to write it. pope francis isn't the only high-level visitor to the united states at the moment. china's president is on his way to washington, d.c. where he'll have dinner with president obama later. but questions about human rights abuses are cast shadows over the crowd. a dissident has broken his silence. >> reporter: for china's president the focus of his visit so far has been trade like the deal to buy 300 boeing aircraft. but pressure is building on his
host, president obama not to forget human rights, and on thursday that call was coming from within china itself. this man is a lawyers who defended many dissidents. he has broken his silence to describe how he was tortured and kept in solitary confinement. >> translator: you cannot believe that this can be taking place in this world, and that human kind has reached such degradati degradation. >> reporter: he says his teeth were damaged. he lives under police guard, so it's not clear how he was able to give the interview, apparently taped earlier this year. >> i had worried that he had become a forgotten man. he was the leading human rights lawyer in china.
he was a bold, brave, courageous, outspoken person. and they broke him, and they broke him in the cruellest way. >> reporter: his children have met another u.s. president, but his wife who lives in the united states has accused the current one of ignoring her husband's plight. president obama is also being forced to address the plight of an even more famous disidentify. 12 fellow lori at its have written to president obama to call for his release during his meeting with the chinese president. the chinese president said it was the goal of people everywhere, chinese included to enjoy human rights. still ahead on the program, why indonesia has become the
♪ hello again a reminder of the top stories here on al jazeera, at least 717 people taking part in the hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede. a suicide bombing on a mosque in the yemeni capitol has killed 25 people. the islamic state of iraq and the levant has claimed responsibility. and pope francis has made an historic speech to u.s. law makers. tensions between individual countries are increasing as refugees increase. croatia has banned all cars with serbian license plates from entering. tens of thousands of refugees have been crossing the border
from serbia over the past week. our correspondent is on the serbian side of the border. >> reporter: it has escalated quickly. seven days ago, refugees started entering from serbia to croatia, croatia says some 50,000 refugees since last weekend tered. croatia says that serbia is doing that permanently, that they are sending all refugees to croatia. they told belgrade government that they are actinger responsibly, and asks them to move refugees not just to croatia but also to hungary, and they said if they don't do that, then the border will stay closed, and they said they can't handle all of the refugees that are coming from serbia. they are saying 9,000 are coming every day, and that's too much for them, and asking belgrade to
move some of the refugees to hungary or romania, and they are saying that they won't give up from their measures imposed to serbia. a european union to resettle refugees is raising tensions. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: it might not seem like it, but in little places like this in southern hungry, the european union plan to deal with the refugee crisis is a nightmare come true. the government is investigating whether to set up a semipermanent camp cheer for refugees. but it's basically a bog. for the mayor the idea that hundreds of men from the middle east might be dumped here is a more immediate concern.
>> translator: the vast majority are young strong men on their journey they have some natural needs they haven't been able to satisfy, and there is a strong possibility, because of their cultural background that they will satisfy their needs in hungary or europe, but not in a european way. >> reporter: there are hundreds of places like this across hungary and other eastern european countries which have no money or prospects. this man is expecting a daughter soon, and she thinks the refugees will be offered more help their her baby. >> translator: people are coming from a totally different culture and they are entitled to help. ten minutes up the road is the much bigger town. those with a long memory might understand why hungary's at tuesday towards refugees has more than a little irony
attached to it. in 1956 some of the fiercest resistance to the soviet army was here. and thousands were either killed or had to run for their lives as refugees, but of course that was 60 years ago, now it appears a substantial part of hungarian opinion thinks that the e.u. quota plan would put the wrong sort of refugees in their country. the logic of the quota plan means refugees already vulnerable, potentially being placed in cities that could make them subject to attacks. here we asked the mayor what his opinion is now of the european union? he said he is [ inaudible ] and promptly took down the e.u. flag. how ironic that this could end up helping the far right and
hungary's growing friendship with russia. here to discuss our hungary is responding to the refugee crisis, i'm joined by the ambassador to the united kingdom. thank you for joining us. >> good evening. >> your prime minister has described the plan as unfeasible, unrealizable, and nonsense, and yet as i understand it, it would be around 1200 people that you would have to relocate, is that right, of the 120,000. why is that unfeasible? >> well, let me first say that the -- the sheer size -- the sheer magnitude of these crossings that are at hungary's southern border is -- is equivalent to -- actually is larger than the sec largest city in hungary. so just to understand the magnitude of the probl that hungary is facing.
now hungary is actually accepting the quota that -- that has now been accepted earlier this week. >> has that changed? [ overlapping speakers ] >> we did. we did. but the reason that we fought against it was because we thought that -- that the focus should be on the root cause of the problem, and not on the quota, so there was a priority. now hungary will not repeal that -- that decision, and in fact, hungary is now very happy that european council yesterday has now put the focus in the right place, and that is to try to help those countries who are housing and who are taking care of those refugees who are -- who are leaving the conflict zones. so for example, in turkey and lebanon and jordan. >> for instance -- you mentioned lebanon there. they have 1 million 200,000
syrian refugees at the moment. that's a tiny country. and your prime minister talked about wanting a global solution to this. but it is already a global problem. so does it not seem like bad publicity for your country to say we can only take 1200? >> we're not saying how many we can take at the moment. what we're saying is that the root cause of the problem needs to be addressed first. >> but your treatment of the refugees has been criticized by other european countries, and as lawrence lee pointed out, in 1956 you had your own refugee problem where 200,000 refugees were relocated across europe. >> i can tell you personally, that i am the son of one of those -- those refugees. >> and as such, are you satisfied with the way the refugees have been treated in hungary? >> i am.
but what i would like to say is that my father and my mother also were refugees. they left hungary in 1956. they ended up in austria, and there they waited patiently until the asylum-seeking process went to its fruition. and that's what we think is the right thing to do. europe should be accepting refugees, and they should be coming directly from those camps. >> let me give you a quote from the italian prime minister, he said hungary's approach to migrants is quote unacceptable behavior. you can't accept the funds and then refuse to contribute to consolidarity plans. how much money does hungary get from the e.u.? >> hungary is a very poor country, and it is
actually -- just to give you a feel -- i mean, hungary's average wage is about one-tenth of the wage in germany or the e.u. so it is very unfair to be -- >> but you are not being asked to take a large majority. you are being asked to take a small number of refugees. and your prime minister has accused the german chancellor of moral imperialism. >> the point that we're making is that europe just cannot have an unlimited number of migrants or refugees coming -- coming into its -- and crossing its borders. >> so would you say that schengen has failed? this >> it has been a mess, and that's one of the reasons why hungary has been enforcing its
laws is to make sure that schengen is kept in place. >> but you have been trying to move the problem on, haven't you? and a lot of countries have been doing that? that is essentially what is happening, isn't it? >> what we're doing, and we're being criticized for managing our own border. we're channelling those refugees into transit zones so we can manage more -- better in a better-controlled way, those refugees who really need help. like the children who come without any accompaniment, the sick, ellerly, families with small children, they are being allowed to come in and go through the application process in hungary, we others are going through an accelerated program. >> thank you very much. i appreciate your time. thank you. the german transport minister says that volkswagen
has admitted to rigging emission tests in europe as well as the united states. it has now asked its member states to carry out investigations. nadine barber has more. >> reporter: a shock announcement in berlin. >> translator: we have been informed that also in yooek with 1.6 and 2-later diesel engines are effected by the manipulations. we'll continue to work closely with volkswagen about which vehicles are affected. >> reporter: vw has admitted 11 million cars contain software that gets around emissions controls, it's not clear how many are in europe, but britain, france, and germany are starting their own investigations while officials in brussels want
others to follow suit. >> we need to have the full picture of whether and how many vehicles in the e.u. were fitted with these devices which is found by e.u. law. >> reporter: campaigners say that test are done in laboratory conditions. at this end ter on the edge of london, they have been testing for years, putting cars through road tests, including heavy traffic, and their results have raised suspicions. >> we found there was a 17% gap between the manufacturers figures and what we were seeing. and over the last four years that has grown to 24%. similarly we have seen the same issues with air pollution. so the results are far higher than they are in the laboratory. >> reporter: across the continent it will mean knew
legislation and it's not clear how long that will take. what is clear is the damage that has been done to consumer confidence not just in vw, but also in the wider industry. as governments put pressure on car makers to come marine about emissions testing. the clamor is getting louder and louder. malaysia is in the grip of a deadly dengue fever outbreak. our correspondent reports from kuala lumpur. >> reporter: it has taken this woman's days of hospital care to recover from dengue fever. the mother of two was suddenly struck by severe joint pain last week, her head was pounding, and she could barely move, all because she was bitten which a
mo moss coy toe carrying the virus. >> what worries me is if i can get, any of my family members can get it. i can imagine how my little children are going to feel. >> reporter: doctors say they are alarmed by the largest and deadliest outbreak of dengue ever seen in malaysia. almost 88,000 cases have been reported so far this year. m medical staff fear a [ inaudible ] strain of the virus is spreading nationwide. >> complications will be inflammation of the liver, in the brain, and heart as well, and this year we have definitely seen an increase in patients with complications. >> reporter: the virus is spread
by the female mosquito. there is no cure or vaccine, so all doctors can do is try to manage the symptoms. the government says it is trying to prevent infections by fogging, but it's not hard to find neighborhoods where dengue can spread. this is exactly the kind of place with the mosquito breeds. but right next door there is a densely populated residential block. the health ministry admits it cannot solve the problem alone. government ministers are calling on everyone to take responsibility for fighting the virus. >> in the prevention of dengue, we must ensure our environment is clean and free from these breeding places, so if we keep throwing rubbish, problem of littering, throwing rubbish everywhere, this will provide
places for the mosquito to breed. >> reporter: a number of vaccines are being developed, but they could be months or even years away. in the meantime a record number of people are continuinto fall ill. two indonesian cities have moved to ban the online taxi service uber. dozens of cars have been confiscated in the capitol in recent weeks. >> reporter: it's early morning here, and officers are making themselves ready to go after any traffic violators, one important mission today is go after drives of the uber company. >> translator: they have to have all of their licenses. >> reporter: police are stopping private cars, like this one, these are very often used by the uber company to drive people
around for about half of the price of a normal taxi. the next step is, the police officer will check the documents, and if they are not in order, and if this car is driving for uber then the car will be con if ifiscateconfisca. up to 30 cars so far have been confiscated. despite the ban and the police raid, uber drivers are still active in several places in indonesia. it's very easy to order here on my mobile phone, there's an application. i pay through my credit card, and within no time the car comes. >> translator: we are getting twice as much money as before, and we are a lot more flexible working for uber. whenever and wherever we can pick up customers.
>> reporter: uber has become very popular because of its low price and because it's easy to order. so far there haven't been any violent protests by taxi companies, but those companies are now demanding that uber be treated the same way they are. until then this ride is considered illegal. still ahead on the program, living on rubbish, we meet the people who scavenge to survive in south africa. and we'll take a look at the rugby world cup.
♪ a south of can civil rights group says the health of thousands of people is at risk from badly managed landfill sites. it says most don't comply with legal minimum requirements. tania page has the story. >> reporter: another load, another chance at a few dollars. they are k looking for something to recycle or wear themselves, regardless of the season there's little cheer here. >> it's maybe close to six years i have been coming here because of -- i scavenge here to just money. >> reporter: but he shouldn't be here. according to the law, only workers employed by the municipality with proper equipment can work on the land
fills. what they are doing is illegal, but they say they have got to make a living, or they'll go hungry. civil rights group say 50 out of 56 landfills surveyed failed to meet the minimum requirements. they have also uncovered evidence of illegally dumped medical waste and animal carcasses. >> the municipalities should be held responsible to these people. you have the right to an environment that is not harmful to your health or safety. >> reporter: the sample size the government says is too small. there are 700 landfill sites across south africa. >> remember, we are then obliged to work [ inaudible ] and say now we are taking you to court,
but we have to work and exhaust all avenues. >> reporter: what it can't seem to do is help people like this man. he sleeps amid the rubbish and dreams of better things. >> find maybe a good job, to earn maybe good money, so i can have a good family. to be somebody else. >> reporter: in south africa, sometimes it doesn't matter what the law says, people like him do what they have to do survive. tania page, al jazeera, south africa. now time for the sport. here is andy. >> thank you so much lauren. in a few minute's time new zealand will kick off their second match of this year's tournament in the rugby world cup. new zealand have made 12 changes from the team, which beat the south americans in 2016.
any him bah have never won a world game. >> we just want to show them that in previous world cups and this one, so they will be proud men and they will come out and give it everything they have got. georgia are another teamer in new zealand's pool and started the tournament with a surprise win over tonga. robin forestier-walker reports from the country. >> reporter: these young fans hope that georgia can go further than it has ever gone before in the rugby world cup. anything seems possible after they beat tonga. >> they are great players. when they come back, i believe they will bring back the cup.
>> reporter: that may be youthful optimism for rank outsiders, but georgians already have reasons to be proud. the national side has qualified for every world cup since 2003. and at home the game is thriving. these youngsters are among more than 11,000 registered players. legend has it a boy picked up a ball and school and ran with it, and that's how the sport began. but these boys think the sports roots lie here in georgia. every easter some still play the ancient game of lalo. it's chaotic, but familiar. georgia's own version of the sport. georgia is a natural fit for
rugby. >> translator: there is [ inaudible ] and present day rugby. the seeds are planted in good ground here. >> reporter: he dreams of day when young georgians play the game in the streets. another win at this world cup would bring that dream closer to reality. hosts england have announced some key lineup changes ahead of that crucial game against wales. owen farrell is coming in as a replacement. they won their opening game against fiji. england's group also contained two-time world champions australia, with only two teams progressing through to the quarter finals.
>> there's no need to panic. [ inaudible ] georgia is fantastic. and i'll nad the point, we're very fortunate to have two high-quality players in that position. he has been pushing hard, and he has been pushing hard in training consistently. the financial struggles of the british team have followed them to the japan grand prix. they found themselves locked out of their own hospitality tent. there is also uncertainty surroubing the mclaren driver. he hinted he may retire at the end of the season. >> we're in good talks, the team and myself, so that's it, you know, we're here to concentrate on this weekend.
mclaren, in front of the home crowd, in front of honda's home crowd. now to the sprint sensation, this sprite athlete is 105 years old, and he has just broken his own world record for being the oldest competitive sprinter. he finished the 100 meters in a time of just under 42 seconds. but he said he was disappointed. he didn't actually start running until he was in his 90s. what a fantastic story. that is all of your sport for you. back to you lauren. >> thank you very much indeed for that. you can catch up any time on the sport and the news, the address for that is aljazeera.com. that's it for me lauren taylor, but barbara sarah will be back
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